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How to Get Your Wipers Ready for the Winter Months

How to Get Your Wipers Ready for the Winter Months

The windshield wipers on your vehicle are extremely important to your visibility and ability to drive when it's raining or snowing. During very hot summer months, your windshield wipers can actually dry out and begin to crack if they aren't taken care of properly. If this is the case for your vehicle, we recommend that your windshield wipers are replaced before the winter months. Getting stuck on the road without working windshield wipers in the rain or snow can be very dangerous and lead to accidents.  Here's a graphic that is helpful for understanding when windshield wiper blades should be replaced:  If you notice any skipping, streaking, spitting, or squeaking with your windshield wipers, it's time to replace them. A new set of wiper blades will ensure that you're ready for the winter months. It is also a good idea to try and be aware of your windshield wipers throughout the year, especially during the summer, to ensure that they last you longer.  ... read more

How to Change a Tire

Driving can often be unpredictable, and you never know when you may find yourself stranded with a flat tire. Being able to change your own tire can really save you time and trouble in a tough situation. Here are the steps on how to change your own tire as well as a list of items you should always carry in your car in order to be perpared to change a flat. Things you will need to keep in your vehicle:  Spare tire Jack Wrench How to change a flat tire:  If you are on the side of the road, be sure to move your vehicle (if possible) as far away from traffic as possible and put on your hazards. If you're at home, try to change your tire on a flat, level surface.  Put on your emergency brake.  If you can, place a heavy object on either side of the tire you are removing.  Place the jack under the frame near the tire that will be changed. Raise the jack until it is just supporting your vehicle, not lifting it off of the ground.  Remove the hubcap on t ... read more

Pre-Fall Vehicle Inspection

Summer is nearing its end - most of our kids are back in school, college students are back at their dorms or attending class, and traveling will be increased on the road due to the hustle and bustle of the new season. Summer can take a toll on our vehicles, including excessive wear and tear which can carry on into fall.  In order to ensure that your car stays safe and reliable on the road during the fall season, it is important to have a pre-fall vehicle inspection completed here at Don's Auto Repair. A pre-fall vehicle inspection will consist of a bumper to bumper inspection of your car that will pinpoint any underlying issue or damage that may have occurred over the summer.  Before driving into fall, we also recommend having all fluids inpsection and top-offed if needed, your windshield wipers to be replaced, and your tires to be inspected for tread and pressure. The fall will bring more rain and wetter roads, so having fresh windshield wipers and ensuring your tires ... read more

How to Travel with Pets in the Car

Summer is the perfect time to hit the road and travel to your favorite spot. You don’t want to leave your beloved pets behind - so why not bring them along! Most parks and recreation spots do allow pets, so you can bring your furry friends along with you. However, doing your research and prepping as much as possible for the trip can make your journey smoother and more enjoyable for both you and your pets.  It is important to make sure that your pets will be comfortable on the ride. If you’re traveling in the car, be sure to bring a pet bed or blankets along with you. When your pet is able to relax on the road, they will be much more calm and less nervous on the road.  Make sure to stop at plenty of rest stops along the way. Getting out of the vehicle to stretch your pet’s legs and allow them to relieve themselves will be the best way to keep them comfortable and calm throughout the drive. It will also be good for the drivers, too!  Ensure that you br ... read more

Tips for Driving Safely

Whether you’re a new driver or a seasoned one, driving safely is the number one thing to remember on the road. Driving on the road can be vulnerable, especially when you not only rely on your own safe driving, but also the safe driving of others.  Before you get into your vehicle, be sure to check off the following:  Get a good night’s rest  Have a snack or meal Be completely ready - don’t try to get ready in the car Make sure your gas tank is filled Set your GPS to your destination, if needed Have your radio or music ready to go so you aren’t fixing it while driving   Here are some more safety tips to follow while on the road:    Always wear your seatbelt and ensure your passengers are as well Put your smartphone away Pay attention to the road and try to avoid distractions from passengers Follow the speed limit Make sure to always check your mirrors and blind spots before switching lanes Keep a safe distance between you ... read more

Prepare your Vehicle for the Summer!

Summer is almost here, which means it's time to start thinking about getting your vehicle in shape to handle the heat. When you drive in the warmer weather, your car can undergo more wear and tear. Making sure your vehicle is in order for summer driving  is extremely important, especially if you're planning a summer road trip. To make sure your car is summer ready, Don's Auto Repair is here to help!    Here are some of the service needed to prepare your vehicle for summer:    Test your vehicle's A/C system to make sure it's working properly Inspect the cooling system. A cooling system issue can cause your vehicle to overheat and lead to engine damage if ignored Make sure that your car is up to date with its regular oil change. Replace old windshield wipers and make sure there is wiper solvent.  Check tires for proper inflation, alignment, and balance.  Inspect your brakes for functionality Test the battery for charge To g ... read more

Don't Ignore Signs of Brake Problems

Don't Ignore Signs of Brake Problems

Brakes are one of those components that you don’t want to ignore, especially when you notice a change in performance or a problem with braking. Your brakes help you stop and slow down when needed to drive safely on the road. If you notice a strange noise, sound, or performance issue - it’s time for a brake inspection.    Many parts of the brakes can wear down or warp over time, which is why it is important to pay attention to how your vehicle works. Worn brake pads or a warped rotor can cause a decrease in brake performance and can also lead to brake failure. As soon as you notice an issue, don’t hesitate to give our shop a call or schedule an appointment online for friendly service.    According to the Car Care Council, here are the top warning signs to look out for that can indicate a problem with your vehicle’s brakes:   Noise: screeching, grinding or clicking noises when applying the brakes. Pulling: vehicle pulls to one side whil ... read more

Top Spring Vehicle Maintenance Items

Spring has sprung and it's the season to start planning spring break road trips and summer adventures. It's also the perfect time to get up to date with your vehicle's maintenance needs and address any issues that may have arisen over the winter season. Winter weather can be extremely harsh on our cars, causing excessive wear and tear. This Spring, don't hesitate to bring your car into our shop for a thorough inspection to make sure your vehicle is properly prepared for the warmer months ahead.    Spring maintenance items we recommend include: Inspect cooling system and coolant levels Look at all belts and hoses for an wear or cracks Make sure that air conditioning works well Check your tires for pressure, tread, and overall condition Staying on top of all factory recommended maintenance Check an oil and filter change is your car is due Test headlights, tail lights, brake lights, and all interior lights to ensure that they are working pro ... read more

When Do I Need A Tune-Up?

Unlike an oil service, tune-ups are a larger service that are typically required every 30,000 miles or so, depending on the age of your vehicle and your driving habits. If you are wondering when your vehicle will be due for a tune-up, the best thing to do is to refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual. The owner’s manual will lay out when a tune-up is due for your vehicle and what services are included.    Even though tune-ups are usually needed on an interval basis, they can sometimes be needed prior to the recommended mileage due to excessive driving. Some signs that your vehicle may need a tune-up include:   Lack of overall performance Decrease in fuel efficiency Car constantly stalling Engine running rough Start up troubles   If you notice any of the symptoms listed above, your vehicle may be due for a tune-up. If you’re unsure, you can visit your local auto repair shop for an inspection. Some typical tune-up services include spark p ... read more

How Important is Preventative Maintenance?

Many car owners often ask - how important is preventative maintenance, and do I need it? When it comes to your vehicle, how well you maintain and service your vehicle will ultimately determine how long your vehicle lasts and how much you will spend over time on sudden repairs. Preventative maintenance is the best way to take control of your vehicle’s health and ensure that your vehicle will stay reliable for years to come.    When it comes to auto repair, major repairs often occur when cars are poorly maintained and when small issues become larger and cause more damage to connecting systems. When you invest in preventative maintenance, you actually save money in the long run by avoiding those major repairs. Would you rather make an extra trip the auto repair shop for a service or two that will give you peace of mind, or end up broken down on the side of the road, having to pay for a tow and the expensive repair that your vehicle may need.    Preventative mai ... read more

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